Daily Archives: Nov 8, 2019

    Andrew Cuomo se comprometió a ayudará en el diseño de un sistema eléctrico resiliente y a crear una campaña turística conjunta para animar a los neoyorquinos a visitar Puerto Rico

    El gobernador de Nueva York, el demócrata Andrew Cuomo, aseguró este jueves que la actual administración estadounidense y el presidente de Estado Unidos, Donald Trump, han sido “abusivos” con los habitantes de Puerto Rico y los han tratado como “ciudadanos de segunda” tras el huracán María.

    Así lo afirmó Cuomo en la conferencia de prensa de la organización Somos, donde fue galardonado con el Premio al Liderazgo por su apoyo a los puertorriqueños tras el huracán María.

    En declaraciones difundidas este viernes, Cuomo, quien se reunió este jueves con la gobernadora de Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, advirtió, además, que los puertorriqueños deben recordar que Trump se “deleita difundiendo división, ira y odio. Es un presidente cuyo mantra es divide y conquistarás. Lo hace en todas partes”.

    A su vez, recordó que: “respondimos tras el huracán María. Fuimos literalmente el primer avión en aterrizar con la congresista Velázquez y el miembro de la asamblea Marcos Crespo a bordo”.

    También, destacó el hecho de que hubo trabajadores de Nueva York y camiones de la ciudad para ayudar en la recuperación de la electricidad en Viejo San Juan.

    A su vez, indicó que no solo fue el gobierno el que ayudó sino “la gente, ya que los neoyorquinos conocemos a la comunidad puertorriqueña porque crecimos con la comunidad de Puerto Rico”.

    Tras recordar que se construirá un memorial en Battery Park City en recuerdo a las personas que perdieron su vida en el huracán María, dijo que tras conversar con la gobernadora ayudará diseñando un sistema eléctrico resiliente y sostenible para Puerto Rico y, segundo, creando una campaña turística conjunta para animar a los neoyorquinos a visitar Puerto Rico.

    En este sentido, dijo que empezará por sí mismo, y pasará este año Acción de Gracias en la isla, con su familia.

    Tras criticar a Trump, dijo que está “claro que es culpable de tener un comportamiento anti americano a través de los que les hizo a los puertorriqueños” tras el paso del huracán.

    “Este presidente no tiene defensa alguna y al final ganará la justicia. Mientras tanto, los puertorriqueños tendrán a los neoyorquinos. Estuvimos el primer día y estaremos el último. Tienen mi palabra. Somos familia”, concluyó.

     

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg plans to skip early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire if he launches a presidential bid and instead focus his efforts on the crush of states that vote on Super Tuesday and beyond. It’s a strategy that acknowledges the limitations of entering the race at this late stage and the opportunities afforded by the billionaire’s vast personal wealth.

      Bloomberg adviser Howard Wolfson says other candidates already have a big head start in the first four states to vote — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — and Bloomberg needs to be realistic about where he can make up ground.

      “If we run, we are confident we can win in states voting on Super Tuesday and beyond, where we will start on an even footing,” Wolfson said. Nearly a quarter of primary delegates up for grabs in the March 3 Super Tuesday contests.

      Bloomberg qualified Friday to get on the ballot in Alabama, one of the Super Tuesday states. His team is also making plans to file in Arkansas, which has a Tuesday deadline.

      Bloomberg’s candidacy has the potential to upend the Democratic race less than three months before primary voting begins. The billionaire businessman initially ruled out a 2020 run, but began to reconsider in recent weeks, citing concerns about the ability of the current crop of contenders to defeat President Donald Trump

      Bloomberg himself has called prominent Democrats to alert them to his likely run, and his staff is scrambling to meet fast-approaching primary filing deadlines.

      Among those Bloomberg has reached out to: Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor who remains popular in the state. Vilsack told The Associated Press that Bloomberg called him Thursday evening and left a voicemail indicating he plans to run.

      “He is in,” Vilsack said of Bloomberg’s message.

      Despite the outreach to Vilsack, advisers say Bloomberg would not make a serious play for votes in Iowa and the other early states. Other candidates in the crowded field have spent months courting voters there and building campaign operations.

      The early states offer just a small percentage of the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. But victories there typically give candidates crucial momentum that helps carry them into bigger states with more delegates on the line.

      Bloomberg is calculating that he could build an advantage in those states now with his ability to quickly pour money into staff, television advertising and other campaign operations while other candidates are competing elsewhere.

      Bill Carrick, a veteran Democratic strategist based in Los Angeles, said he doesn’t think skipping the early voting states is ever a viable strategy.

      “I don’t think you can just hopscotch around the calendar to suit your own political purposes,” Carrick said. “You skip the early states, you’re going to have a difficult time. I don’t see any evidence that strategy ever works.”

      Officials in Iowa and New Hampshire said they were disappointed in Bloomberg’s decision. New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley said it was unfortunate that Bloomberg won’t “be tested the same way that the other Democratic candidates have been and will be.”

      Bloomberg has spent the past few weeks talking with prominent Democrats about the state of the race, expressing concerns about the steadiness of former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign and the rise of liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, according to people with knowledge of those discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity to relay details of private conversations.

      Biden, campaigning in New Hampshire on Friday, welcomed Bloomberg to the race.

      “Michael’s a solid guy, and let’s see where it goes,” he told reporters. “I have no problem with him getting in the race.”

      Bloomberg’s moves come as the Democratic race enters a crucial phase. Biden’s front-runner status has been vigorously challenged by Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who are flush with cash from small-dollar donors. But both are viewed by some Democrats as too liberal to win in a general election faceoff with Trump.

      Trump told reporters Friday that Bloomberg might well spend “a lot of money” but “doesn’t have the magic to do well.” Trump suggested he’d easily beat the former mayor and fellow billionaire.

      “Little Michael will fail,” Trump said at the White House, adding, “There is nobody I’d rather run against than Little Michael, that I can tell you.”

      Despite a historically large field, some Democrats anxious about defeating Trump have been looking for other options. Former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick have quietly had conversations with supporters urging them to consider a run, but neither appears likely to get in the race.

      Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent who registered as a Democrat last year, has flirted with a presidential run before but ultimately backed down, including in 2016. He endorsed Hillary Clinton in that race and, in a speech at the Democratic Party convention, pummeled Trump as a con who has oversold his business successes.

      Bloomberg instead plunged his efforts and his money into gun control advocacy and climate change initiatives. He again looked seriously at a presidential bid earlier this year, traveling to early voting states and conducting extensive polling, but decided not to run in part because of Biden’s perceived strength.Beaumont reported from Des Moines, Iowa. Associated Press writers Jill Colvin in Washington; Alexandra Jaffe and Kathleen Ronayne in Des Moines, Iowa; Michelle R. Smith in Providence, R.I.; and Nicholas Riccardi in Denver contributed to this report.

       

        WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign CEO Steve Bannon delivered potentially damaging testimony on Friday against Roger Stone, describing communicating with Trump’s longtime adviser about WikiLeaks despite Stone’s later denials and saying he believed Stone “had a relationship” with the website’s founder

        Bannon testified that he had viewed Stone as the “access point” between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, which disclosed numerous stolen Democratic emails in the months before the 2016 election that were damaging to Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton.

        After testifying, Bannon – a prominent conservative political strategist and former senior White House adviser to Trump – told reporters he appeared as a prosecution witness in Stone’s trial in federal court only because he was subpoenaed.

        U.S. intelligence agencies and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller determined that the emails were stolen by Russian state-backed hackers as part of Moscow’s efforts to meddle in the election and boost Trump’s candidacy.

        “I was led to believe he had a relationship with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange,” Bannon said of Stone, referring to the WikiLeaks founder.

        Stone – a self-described “dirty trickster” and “agent provocateur” – has pleaded not guilty to charges of obstructing justice, witness tampering and lying to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in its investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election. The veteran Republican operative, a friend and ally of Trump for some four decades, faces a possible decades-long sentence if convicted.

        The Trump campaign relished the release of the hacked emails and was eager to learn about future releases but the president and his campaign team have denied conspiring with Russia.

        Stone told the House committee in sworn testimony that he had never communicated with any members of Trump’s campaign about WikiLeaks or Julian Assange.

        Bannon, appearing on the third day of testimony in the trial, said he and Stone had discussed WikiLeaks on several occasions before and after Bannon joined Trump’s campaign in August 2016. These included an Oct. 4, 2016, exchange in which Bannon emailed Stone after an Assange news conference had failed to produce damaging information on Clinton as expected.

        “He told me he had a relationship” with Assange, Bannon said, when asked by the prosecution why he chose to email Stone to ask why Assange’s news conference had been a dud. “It would be natural for me to reach out to him.”

        Stone also is accused of denying the existence of certain emails and texts related to Assange or Wikileaks, and falsely telling the committee that a radio host and comedian named Randy Credico was his “intermediary” with Assange in July 2016.

        ‘I WAS COMPELLED’

        Bannon answered questions by prosecutor Michael Marando without argument. After leaving the courthouse, Bannon told reporters that “I was compelled to testify” and was forced to testify earlier to the grand jury in the case, to Congress and to Mueller’s investigators.

        Bannon appeared at least twice to contradict his grand jury testimony about the frequency with which he and Stone discussed WikiLeaks and about whether Stone was considered the campaign’s “access point.” In cross examination by Stone’s attorney Robert Buschel, Bannon acknowledged he was unaware of anyone in Trump’s campaign ever formally dispatching Stone to learn when Assange might release more emails.

        Only blocks away from the federal courthouse, the Democratic-led House is pursuing an impeachment inquiry against Trump over the Republican president’s request that Ukraine investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden.

        The prosecution has accused Stone of pressuring Credico to cover up lies and of seeking to prevent the radio host from cooperating with the government, and noted that Stone had made threats toward his little white dog.

        Credico, who finished his testimony earlier in the day, denied that he was an intermediary with WikiLeaks. Credico testified that he did not believe that Stone’s threats to kidnap his dog were sincere, saying under cross-examination by Stone’s defense attorney, Buschel, that “it was hyperbole by him.”

        Stone sent various intimidating texts and emails, including one in which he told Credico, “You are a rat. A stoolie. … My lawyers are dying to rip you to shreds. I am going to take that dog away from you.”

        Credico’s statement may undercut the prosecution’s claim of criminal intent to tamper with a witness, but the jury will also weigh many other comments and threats by Stone including one in which he said, “Prepare to die.”

        A second member of Trump’s 2016 campaign team, Rick Gates, is expected to take the witness stand for the prosecution when the trial resumes next Tuesday.

        Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Lisa Lambert; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Will Dunham

         

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